Good news if you like to book award seats to Europe with your Delta miles or American Express Membership Rewards points!
Via Rene’s Points, Delta is offering up to an 18% discount on coach and Business Class award flights to Europe. You must book by August 25, 2016. And travel between September 23, 2016, and April 6, 2017, to get the deal.
Here’s how to book!
Discounted Delta Award Tickets to Europe
Book your award tickets now! Because Delta has discounts up to 18% off coach and Business Class award tickets to Europe, when you book by August 25, 2016, and travel between September 23, 2016, and April 6, 2017. You can depart from 8 US cities:
- New York (JFK)
- Salt Lake City
With this deal, a round-trip coach ticket costs 49,000 Delta miles. And a round-trip ticket in Business Class costs 107,000 Delta miles. Delta also has low fuel surcharges on their own flights to Europe.
Normally, Delta’s lowest level award seats cost 60,000 Delta miles round-trip in coach. And 125,000 Delta miles round-trip in Business Class. So this is a decent savings!
But, there are a number of blackout dates for each route, especially around Christmas and the New Year. You must book your tickets 28 days before departure. There’s a minimum 7-day stay and a maximum 3 month stay.
Need More Delta Miles?
You can transfer American Express Membership Rewards points from cards like the Premier Rewards Gold Card from American Express or The Platinum Card® from American Express Exclusively for Mercedes-Benz, to Delta at a 1:1 ratio.
Because AMEX Membership Rewards points transfer to Delta instantly, this is a good choice for folks who need more Delta miles quickly to take advantage of this sale.
You could also transfer Starwood points to Delta. Because for every 20,000 Starwood points you transfer to Delta, you’ll get 5,000 bonus miles.
But Starwood point transfers to airlines can take up to 4 weeks! Although in my experience it often takes ~7 to ~10 days. So you might miss out on this sale. But you’ll be prepared for next time!
Is This a Good Deal?
If you have Delta miles or AMEX Membership Rewards points to use, this is a good deal for some folks.
It’s better than the 60,000 American Airlines miles you’ll pay for a round-trip coach flight on American Airlines or 1 of their partners to Europe.
But if you’re traveling during off-peak times (November 1 to December 14 OR January 10 to March 14), round-trip coach flights only cost 45,000 American Airlines miles.
And using American Airlines miles for a round-trip Business Class flight costs 115,000 American Airlines miles. So you’ll save miles on those seats, too.
Don’t forget, there are also lots of Business Class award seats available to Europe with United Airlines right now!
But a Business Class low-level partner award ticket from the US to Europe costs 140,000 United Airlines miles round-trip. And a saver partner award ticket costs 60,000 United Airlines miles round-trip. So you’d save miles with this award sale from Delta.
If you want to travel to Europe, you have options well into 2017. Let me know if you plan a trip!